Quarantine rules could be relaxed

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Because of the milder corona courses caused by Omicron (and the problems caused by the many segregations), there are also considerations in Austria to change the quarantine and segregation rules.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for Rauch explained (as published by APA) that the ministry is currently working on a variant management plan – and that “of course,” there are always plans and concepts on quarantine and isolation. One must always distinguish between contact persons and infected persons, he emphasized. The currently prevailing Corona variant also plays a role in the considerations.

Rauch’s press spokesman also referred to the amendment to the Epidemics Act passed by the National Council on June 15, which gave the Minister of Health the power to issue ordinances. According to it, the head of the department can also decree traffic restrictions as an alternative to individual and total segregation. The omicron variant has shown that in the case of predominantly mild courses of the disease, traffic restrictions can also be a suitable means of containing the spread, according to the explanatory notes to this amendment.

If the minister were to enact the ordinance, it would no longer be necessary to issue an official notice to each contact person. Still, it would also be possible to simply inform the contact persons indicated by the infected person via SMS about restrictions.

In the case of infected persons themselves, however, such a regulation would not be effective at present, the spokesman explained. Because these confirmed cases would be treated based on another regulation (Absonderungsverordnung) and Corona would be considered a notifiable disease.

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